The Wyndcroft School

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The Wyndcroft School
Address
1395 Wilson Street
Pottstown, PA, 19464
USA
Coordinates 40°14′48″N 75°36′59″W / 40.2468°N 75.6165°W / 40.2468; -75.6165Coordinates: 40°14′48″N 75°36′59″W / 40.2468°N 75.6165°W / 40.2468; -75.6165
Information
Type Co-ed, Private
Motto Non Sibi Not for one's self

established = 1918

Head of School Gail L. Wolter
Faculty 30
Enrollment 250
Average class size 12
Student to teacher ratio 8:1
Color(s) Yellow, Blue
Website

The Wyndcroft School (a.k.a. Wyndcroft) is a private American coeducational, independent, elementary day school for Early Childhood (3 yrs. old) to Grade 8.

Founded by members of The Hill School faculty in 1918 as The Pottstown Open Air School, Wyndcroft (renamed as such four years later) is located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Wyndcroft is a member school of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools.

History[edit]

The year 1918 reflected a growing concern within the educational community to provide not only for academic excellence, but also to provide for the healthful wellbeing of a child. In the midst of nationwide epidemics of measles, mumps, flu and tuberculosis, a few parents in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, members of the prestigious Hill School faculty, chose to provide a superior education for their younger children by founding a progressive "open-air" school. So began Wyndcroft's first incarnation in the sunlit porches and an open garage of a residence on the Hill School campus under the name of "The Pottstown Open Air School."

Within four years the school had changed its name to "The Wyndcroft School" and gained such popularity within the community that the parents purchased a "delightfully situated" rural property on which to expand. Here they constructed "scientifically designed buildings built for the comfort and convenience of the children," in which to hold their school. At this new Rosedale Drive address, (the present site of Wyndcroft), The Wyndcroft School flourished and by 1925 consisted of 50 pupils and 5 teachers. The buildings soon expanded to include "five outdoor bungalows, a school building with a large assembly room, office, classroom, [and] well-equipped kitchen and dining-room where the children have their noon meal."

School Motto[edit]

The school's motto is "Non Sibi" which translates from Latin into English to mean "Not for one's self."

School traditions[edit]

Blue vs. Gold Field Day[edit]

Every Wyndcroft family is assigned to a team for all their years at Wyndcroft. In May, the early childhood and pre-kindergarten students have their Field Day on the fields behind the School, while the kindergarten to eighth grade students head to the Hill School Far Fields for a day of friendly competition and fun. Upon returning to School, they are served a lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs and treated to a "Make Your Own Sundae" bar provided by the Wyndcroft Parent Teacher Organisation.

Headmasters[edit]

  • Gail L. Wolter
  • Kathleen E. Wunner, Ph.D.
  • Mr. Alvin Coleman
  • Mr. Gerald McGrath
  • Mr. Carlisle Snively 1948–1980
  • Mrs. Mabel Day Steele 1925–1948

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